Words: Paul believes that the invasion of Iraq was illegal, that it was not about pursuing al-Qaeda, but pursuing neoconservative goals, and that we are more threatened by staying there than by withdrawing. He argues that intervention abroad incites hatred and feeds terrorism. “I’m saying we should take our marching orders from our Constitution. We should not go to war without a declaration. We should not go to war when it’s an aggressive war.”
Actions: Paul voted AGAINST authorizing the use of force in Iraq, AGAINST approving the removal of Saddam Hussein, AGAINST declaring Iraq part of the “war on terror” with no exit date, and FOR starting to redeploy US troops out of Iraq within 90 days. The Center for Security Policy has given Paul a rating of 31%.
UPDATE: Ron Paul explains the damage that an interventionist policy can have when it comes to violent blowback. Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s response bolstered Giuliani nationally.